Theoretical study of atom ordering in copper-gold nanoalloy clusters

Nicholas Wilson, Roy Johnston

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Energy calculations have been carried out on high symmetry icosahedral and cuboctahedral Cu-Au nanoalloy clusters of various compositions, with the interatomic interactions modelled by the Gupta many-body potential. For each composition, the lowest energy isomers ("homotops") tend to have predominantly Au atoms on the surface and Cu atoms in the core, and this phenomenon is explained in terms of surface energy, atomic size and trends in cohesive energies. A number of order parameters and mixing energies have been introduced and it is shown that there is good correlation between the cluster binding energy and the average distance of the Au atoms from the centre of the cluster. Comparisons are made with previous theoretical calculations on Cu Au clusters, as well as with experimental studies of the structures and atom ordering of deposited Cu Au particles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2913-2922
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number10
Early online date7 Aug 2002
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2002


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